James ‘Jimmie’ Roberts, 87, Vassar: Feb. 10, 1932 – July 15, 2019

VASSAR, Kan. – James “Jimmie” Roberts, 87, passed from this world on July 15, 2019, while visiting friends and family in Kansas City. Even though he was alone in his car, he was blanketed in the love of his family, friends and loving memory of his wife, Millie. His final home was in Topeka, Kan., but he lived most of his life in Kansas City, Kan., and then Vassar, Kan., after retirement.

Jimmie was born on Feb. 10, 1932, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Benjamin and Noreen Roberts. A lifelong resident of Kansas, Jimmie served as captain of the auxiliary division of the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department, maintained an active presence in his Masonic Lodge, and provided for his family by serving 35 years as a mechanical engineer with Owens Corning Fiberglass. After retirement to Vassar, Jimmie became an avid golfer and enjoyed coordinating weekly tournaments with his many friends at the Lamont Hills Golf Resort.

Jimmie is survived by his sister, Marilyn Ruth Moore, of Grandview, Mo.; three children, Jimmie Roberts, Cerritos, Calif., Dale Roberts, Cathedral City, Calif., and Diana Kubie, Topeka. There are eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, as well as lifelong friends and family who mourn Jimmie’s passing.

Jimmie was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Mildred “Millie” Roberts; and three sisters, JoAnn Eads, Martha Wilson, and Finny Marie Stegman.

Jimmie’s final resting place will be at Vassar Cemetery, with a graveside service at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 23.

All who knew Jimmie will remember his good-natured humor, outgoing personality, and passion of all things Western, especially country music. Throughout his life, Jimmie entertained with his beloved cowboy songs, wearing cowboy boots and Stetson, playing his guitar as he sang from his heart. The world has lost another songbird, but his music will live within all of us forever, and as in all good cowboy tales, Jimmie died with his boots on.

Feltner Funeral Home, Lyndon, Kan., is assisting the family. Condolences can be left at feltnerfuneralhome.com.

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